RECIPE: Root Beer Chicken Wings


Root Beer Chicken Wings

  • 50 chicken wings

Marinade for Wings*

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • Juice from one orange
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Root Beer Sauce

  • 1 cup Root Beer
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Juice from half a lemon

Preheat your grill for two zone cooking, having hot coals on one side and nothing on the other.

Make marinade: mix olive oil, ginger, orange zest, orange juice, vanilla and 1 tablespoon salt and pepper with the wings and let them marinate for 30 minutes.

Place the wings on the hot grate directly over the hot coals and sear for about 3 minutes per side, then move them to indirect and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, at 450⁰F. You are looking for a crispy skin and a golden brown color.

In a cast iron skillet, mix all of the Root Beer BBQ Sauce ingredients together and simmer for 10 minutes, then drop the wings inside the skillet and give them a good mix to coat each one with the BBQ sauce.

Sear one last time over hot coals to caramelize the sauce, 1 to 2 minutes per side.

*Kim made a double batch marinade and BBQ sauce

Makes 25 servings of 2 wings each.

Recipe by Rico Mendez, Colts 2017 Best Tailgate Recipe Contest finalist for Cook-Off Competition.